The New French Poetry (Paperback)

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By David Kelley (Editor), Jean Khalfa (Editor)
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This anthology captures the excitement of one of the most challenging developments in contemporary French writing, the new metaphysical poetry which has become an influential strand in recent French literature. It is a rigorously ontological poetry concerned with the very being of things, and with the nature of poetic language itself. This is not the only kind of poetry being written in France today, but it is an extremely significant development, not only in French poetry, but also in French writing as a whole. Indeed, some of the writers included in this book, notably dmond Jab's and G rard Mac , have been influential in the subversion of conventional genres, by the play between poetry, narrative and essay, which has been an important aspect of recent French literature. This anthology brings together writers of different generations, from Gis le Prassinos and Joyce Mansour, through Jacques Dupin and Bernard No l, to Frank-Andr Jamme and Andr Velter. It represents those who are major figures in France and already have some reputation in Britain and America, alongside writers who are still relatively unknown to English readers. Much of the poetry shows an affinity with the work of Henri Michaux. The book also reflects the range of poetry published by the innovative French imprint ditions Fata Morgana, as well as the lists of leading French publishers such as Gallimard, ditions du Seuil and Mercure de France.

About the Author

David Kelley (1941-1999) was a Fellow in French Literature and Director of Studies at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was made an Officier des Arts et des Lettres for his services to French culture. Jean Khalfa is a senior lecturer in French at Trinity College, Cambridge, with publications covering writers such as Deleuze, Foucault and Frantz Fanon.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781852242602
ISBN-10: 1852242604
Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
Publication Date: June 27th, 1996
Pages: 320
Language: English